Indirect Measurement: Definition & Examples


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An approach to measuring things using alternative measurements and properties to find our desired measurement is called what?

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1. Assume a 3 ft. tall fire hydrant casts a shadow of 4 ft. at 4:00PM. At the same time, a pole casts a shadow of 28 ft. Use indirect measurement to find the height of the pole.

2. Assume the two triangles shown are similar. Find the missing length marked x cm.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will gauge your understanding of indirect measurement. The quiz will also assess your comprehension of concepts like describing indirect measurement.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to:

  • Use indirect measurement to solve circumstantial equations
  • Find the missing length of a given triangle
  • Identify where indirect measurement can be used

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the Pythagorean theorem in a different light
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve indirect measurement practice problems
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding proportions

Additional Learning

To learn more about indirect measurement, review the lesson 'Indirect Measurement: Definition & Examples', which covers the following objectives:

  • Define similar triangles
  • Identify Thales theorem
  • Understand how to measure lengths and distances